Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change - Las Cafeteras and Making Movies
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$20.00 - $40.00

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Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories of Latino and immigrant lives. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and meld styles, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create “a world where many worlds fit.”

Las Cafeteras is joined by Making Movies, a band that makes American music with an asterisk: because Making Movies’ sound encompasses the entirety of the Americas. It’s through this broader perspective that Making Movies crunches classic rock into Latin American rhythms — African-derived percussion and styles like rumba, merengue, mambo and cumbia — in a way that feels oddly familiar, yet delivers the invigorating chills of hearing something singularly special. 

Over the course of their career, the quartet has turned heads as a Tiny Desk newcomer (with "A La Deriva"), a voice for immigrant rights (with "I Am Another You" which reached #3 on Billboard's Latin Pop Album chart), and as a co-writer alongside salsa icon Rubén Blades (with Latin GRAMMY nominated song "No Te Calles”).

Making Movies has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Rubén Blades, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Flor De Toloache, and Thievery Corporation. The band's fourth album XOPA was just released on L.A.-based label Cósmica Artists.

For more info about our Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change series, click here. This project is being supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to the City of Knoxville by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

 

 

Nacidos y criados al este del río Los Ángeles, Las Cafeteras mezclan música de raíces y cuentan historias modernas de vidas latinas e inmigrantes. Utilizando instrumentos tradicionales de Son Jarocho como la jarana, el requinto, la quijada (quijada de burro) y la tarima (una plataforma de madera), Las Cafeteras cantan en inglés, español y spanglish y combinan estilos, desde rock hasta hip-hop y rancheras. Las Cafeteras usan la música como vehículo para construir puentes entre diferentes culturas y comunidades y crear “un mundo donde quepan muchos mundos”.

A Las Cafeteras se une Making Movies, una banda que hace música americana con asterisco: porque el sonido de Making Movies abarca todo el continente americano. Es a través de esta perspectiva más amplia que Making Movies mezcla el rock clásico con ritmos latinoamericanos (percusión de origen africano y estilos como la rumba, el merengue, el mambo y la cumbia) de una manera que se siente extrañamente familiar, pero que brinda los escalofríos estimulantes de escuchar algo singularmente especial.

A lo largo de su carrera, el cuarteto llamó la atención como recién llegado a Tiny Desk (con "A La Deriva"), una voz a favor de los derechos de los inmigrantes (con "I Am Another You", que alcanzó el puesto número 3 en la lista de álbumes de pop latino de Billboard) , y como coguionista junto al ícono de la salsa Rubén Blades (con la canción nominada al Latin GRAMMY "No Te Calles").

Making Movies ha realizado numerosas giras, apareciendo con artistas como Arcade Fire, Rubén Blades, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estéreo, Galactic, Flor De Toloache y Thievery Corporation. El cuarto álbum de la banda, XOPA, acaba de ser lanzado por el sello Cósmica Artists con sede en Los Ángeles.

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